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Bury 4 MK Dons 3

BURY scored a 91st minute winner to grab all three points in a thrilling game between two automatic promotion challengers at Gigg Lane.

Nicky Adams' last gasp strike sent the home supporters into raptures and MK Dons - who had led 3-1 until the 77th minute - into a state of disbelief.

The crowd favourite, in his third spell at Bury, received the ball on the right, cut inside and smashed the ball beyond despairing MK goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

It meant Bury moved into second place in League Two, two points ahead of MK and just three behind leaders Lincoln City - whom they host in two weeks' time.

There was a suggestion that Nicky Maynard got a flick on Adams' shot, but the Welshman wasn't too concerned.

He said: "I came inside and just do what I'm good at and I thought hopefully it would get a touch and go in.

"If Nicky wants it, he can have it - but I can half his goal bonus!

"What is important for me is the scenes at the end, which were unbelievable and showed what this squad is about.

"It epitomised everything about our belief."

Bury boss Ryan Lowe was also thrilled with his team's turnaround.

He said: "The attitude, desire and commitment from the boys was second to none.

"They showed resilience and that they don't want to be beaten.

"We have drummed a winning mentality into them and that's what they've got.

"I want to bring the special times back and we are doing that slowly but surely."

A frenetic start set the tone of the game and saw the visitors attack the Bury backline, but they were dealt a blow when right wing-back George Williams was forced off through injury only six minutes in.

MK took the lead three minutes later, which started thanks to a dreadful blunder from Chris Stokes, who kicked the ball back too powerfully to goalkeeper Joe Murphy and it went behind.

Jordan Houghton's resultant corner was met by the unmarked Moore-Taylor, who sent a bullet header past the veteran Bury stopper.

The home side were awarded a penalty three minutes later when Callum McFadzean was fouled in the box after meeting Danny Mayor's pass, with referee Peter Banks pointing to the spot.

But former Don Jay O'Shea's penalty was brilliantly saved by MK goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, who pushed the ball round the post.

It was real end-to-end stuff as Paul Tisdale's men raced forward with Alex Gilbey making a surging run and crossing for Peter Pawlett, only for the Scot to see his effort saved by Murphy.

The rebound fell to Chuks Aneke, but Murphy grabbed the ball just in time.

Back at the other end, Adams cut inside and found captain Neil Danns, who slid the ball to Mayor.

The talented midfielder's cross found Telford, but the youngster hit the ball wide across the face of goal.

Mayor then went close, as did O'Shea as Bury searched for the leveller, before they were awarded a second penalty when Danns was tripped in the area.

And it proved second time lucky for O'Shea as he dispatched the ball neatly past Nicholls.

MK regained the lead just three minutes later.

Aneke was brought down on the edge of the box and Dean Lewington stepped up to curl the ball over Murphy and into the back of the net.

And they nearly made it three as half-time approached when Conor McGrandles' cross was met by Kieran Agard, but he headed the ball inches wide.

The visitors started the second-half from where they left off when they made it three.

Captain Lewington's cross was not dealt with properly and a lack of communication between Murphy and Stokes saw the defender head the ball into his own net.

But he was spared any more blushes when Lowe hauled him off and replaced him with Eoghan O'Connell.

Bury were living a charmed life and left themselves exposed at the back, with Pawlett allow to race through and launch a dipping effort which Murphy pushed around the post before Agard's pass found Gilbey, whose ball flew over the crossbar.

Lowe, who spent a season as a player at MK, sent on Byron Moore, who immediately impressed and set up Mayor, but the midfielder's shot skimmed the inside post.

Bury pulled a goal back 13 minutes from full-time when O'Connell fed the ball to Mayor and the star man wriggled clear of the MK defence and sent his shot beyond Nicholls.

The home side continued to up the pressure, forcing the opposition to retreat into their own area.

O'Shea twice went close before Nicky Maynard agonisingly blasted the ball across goal and just wide.

But Adams scored the winner as the clock ticked down, which meant that Bury have lost just once at home in the league this season.

Bury: Murphy; Thompson, Aimson, Stokes (O'Connell, 53); Adams, Danns (Moore, 54), Mayor, O'Shea, McFadzean; Telford (Omotayo, 89), Maynard.
Substitutes not used: Moloney, Miller, Cooney and Hulme.

MK Dons: Nicholls; Walsh, Cargill, Moore-Taylor; Williams (McGrandles, 6), Gilbey, Houghton, Pawlett (D'Ath, 68), Lewington; Agard (Sow, 86), Aneke.
Substitutes not used: Moore, Baudry, Watson and Simpson.

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